Will.i.am to Receive BMI’s President’s Award
The 35-year-old will receive BMI's President's Award for his work as both an artist/producer and a humanitarian. In addition to his burgeoning musical career, Will has had a successful year with his Peapod Foundation, which provides proper housing, health care and music and arts education to children living in poverty.
The Urban Awards will be held in Hollywood's Pantages Theater. BMI president and CEO Del Bryant will co-host the ceremony with BMI VP Catherine Brewton. The ceremony will also honor "Best Urban Song," "Best Urban Songwriter" and "Best Urban Publisher" of the year. Past honorees at the BMI awards include Taylor Swift and Willie Nelson.
In June, will.i.am made the short list of celebrities selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. The super producer was just one of nine recording artists to receive the honor.